Judge re­duces drug­maker’s opi­oid set­tle­ment by $107M

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — An Ok­la­homa judge who last sum­mer or­dered con­sumer prod­ucts gi­ant John­son & John­son to pay $572 mil­lion to help ad­dress the state’s opi­oid cri­sis on Fri­day re­duced that amount in his fi­nal or­der in the case by $107 mil­lion be­cause of his mis­cal­cu­la­tion.

Dis­trict Judge Thad Balk­man’s lat­est or­der di­rects the com­pany to pay the state $465 mil­lion. In it, Balk­man ac­knowl­edged that he mis­cal­cu­lated in his orig­i­nal award how much it would cost to de­velop a pro­gram for treating ba­bies born de­pen­dent on opi­oids. The cost should have been $107,000 not $107 mil­lion.

Ok­la­homa’s case against opi­oid drug­mak­ers is the first state opi­oid case to make it to trial and could help shape ne­go­ti­a­tions over more than 2,000 sim­i­lar law­suits.

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